Thursday, October 16, 2008

We've Come a Long Way in 50 Years

By Tony Mazur

In the late 1940s, all the way until the 1960s, America's biggest fear was the threat of communism. Politicians, such as Senator Joe McCarthy, feared that communists were living among us. Hollywood celebrities, who have traditionally been liberal-minded, were blacklisted if the government found out that they had communistic ties or beliefs.

When my father was a child, it was not unusual for an air raid siren to blast at the top of the hour from atop a school. Fallout shelters were built in case the Soviet Union would invade American soil.

Fifty years ago, we fought tooth and nail to fight against communism and socialism. Today, we have a socialist running for president.

Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Ohio, wants to open up his own plumbing business, but he fears that if Barack Obama gets elected, he will not be able to stay afloat because of Obama's tax plan.

Obama's response: "It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Again, I would like to remind you that this man is running for the highest office in the country.

Spread the wealth? This is his plan? Obama claims he appeals to the middle class. That is a blatant lie. He could care less about the middle class. The lower class in urban neighborhoods is all he cares about.

Let me tell you a little bit about my family, and why I am not voting for Barack Obama.

My father was a Cleveland police officer for 24 years. He had a good job working for U.S. Customs until Mayor Jane Campbell laid off 250 Cleveland police officers, forcing my father to return to the police department. Since the police officers are considered scum by so many, the job paid squat. My mother was a stay-at-home mom for the majority of my young life, not making a dime. In 2005, she purchased a FedEx route in suburban Cleveland, which brought in much more money for my family. With the growth and development of shopping centers in the suburbs, we started to make much more money, and we started to live more comfortably.

Now that we are not pawning jewelery and working odd jobs for cash anymore, Barack Obama feels that my family is making too much money, and therefore, we should be punished by getting taxed out our rear ends. Mind you, we do not make $250,000 or more, but enough for us to live in a house that costs that much.

In theory, communism and socialism seem like a grand concept. Imagine everyone around you making the same amount of money as you. There will be no more racial, social, or religious issues anymore, since we are all considered equal.

But this is America. The Home of the FREE. The place where we are free to say and do what we want. Why should we punish those who received good grades throughout high school, college, and grad school, and eventually got a great job? Why should we pity those who flaked out in school?

America does not need a Barack Obama. We have enough Obamas in city government. We need a strong leader. I'm not saying John McCain is the answer. However, I feel that he is the stronger leader in this capitalist society of ours. Both parties need an extreme makeover.

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